Welcome to the 1/26/97 edition of the Online Murphy Times where we chronicle the continuing adventures of that intrepid Murphy Family as they cope with modern suburban life.
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In this edition (1/26/97) we find the Murphy Fearless Leader trekking across the frozen tundra, the Other Murphy Fearless Leader thinking warm thoughts, and the Fruit of the Murphy Loins having fun with winter.
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Winter has come to St. Louis. How can you tell? When the temperature has more volatility than the stock market. When not only can you see your breath, but it also turns to snow. When you finally trudge to your car in the afternoon, thank God when it starts, and realize that you will continue to freeze for another 15 minutes until the car warms up and you're not sure you can hold the steering wheel that long without getting frostbite in your hands. Kevin has a coat (aka the Michelin Man coat) that is worn only in the coldest of weather, with a hood (aka Mr. Astronaut) that is worn only one year in five, and he has worn it with the hood this year. This coat is a triumph of substance over style, a testament to buying quality because it lasts, a reminder of earlier times when his mother picked out his clothes, because it is, yes, that old. It is now older than high school seniors, and well on the way to being older than Kevin's coworkers fresh out of college (now that McDonnell is hiring again.) January is a rollercoaster ride here in the heartland -- brief thrills and long waiting. You need to dress, and act, appropriately.
Winter is here. It brought a foot of snow and low, low temperatures marked down in frozen Canada. And, best of all, it brought school closings. Advance warning was provided for a change by the local weather astrologers and we were able to reduce the clutter in the Senior Murphy's household before the snow hit by removing the two sleds that the Fearless Leader and his brother used as lads. We carefully waxed the runners the night before in anticipation of the next day's adventure. Joy of joys, we were rewarded for our good deeds! A weekday with everyone at home and no chores. We played in our PJ's until noon, ate pizza for lunch, and then we went sledding. Best of all, we went right in our own yard, which has a good beginners hill. Since the driveway had 6 inches of snow and half of inch on the bottom, we weren't going anywhere. Our christmas toys forgotten, we rejoiced in sledding, making snowmen, and playing with the neighbor children. And at the end of all that hard work, a delicious hot soak in the tub. What a great day.